A head start for Photonic Switch
During a previous H2020 project named OPTIMA, Sodern and Polatis have already addressed the qualification of the “12-port slices” switch modular building block with regard to space environment and space manufacturing processes.
The SODaH project will focus on maturing the photonic switch electronic controller to TRL 5, by using commercial off-the-shelf electronic components via radiation evaluation campaigns. These advancements are essential to develop a switch with top level performances, low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power), and high reliability.
Besides, in order to address the constellation market, a design-to-cost-and-manufacturing approach will be implemented to obtain a competitive product, which can be produced in large quantity. To showcase these achievements, a 48-port demonstrator will be designed, manufactured and tested in a thermal vacuum environment.